Paper versus Online Magazines

Posted by Gillian Gillies | 26 Jun, 2011 | No Comments on Paper versus Online Magazines

I’ve been a magazine junkie for as long as I can remember. My first weekly fix came from Twinkle Comic when I was 6 years old and from there things just spiralled out of control. I currently have 7 monthly subscriptions – Canadian House & Home, Style At Home, Toronto Life which also includes Fashion Magazine, American Elle Decor, British Homes & Gardens, British House & Garden and British Vogue.

My design magazines are stored for a year and then they are quite literally torn apart. My favourite tear sheets are catalogued and stored inside ring binders – these binders I constantly turn to for inspiration. The one magazine that remains intact is British Vogue, I have space solely dedicated to my expanding collection in my home – I own every copy dated from January 1996. That’s a whole pile of paper I know – but what a collection. It’s like my own personal history of fashion.

However online-only design magazines are starting to become a huge resource to me. I don’t think I’ll ever prefer them to paper but they are free and you can flick through them quickly and bookmark the pages you like. What’s not to like about that………?

Here’s my top 3.

Canadian Interior Designer Kimberley Seldon recently launched Dabble Magazine – it’s photographs and layout are clear and simple and in addition to interior design there is a strong focus on travel and food. A winning combination in my world. The navigation tools are simple and easy to use. It’s a very sleek read.

Lonny Magazine comes from the editors of Domino Magazine – its cool and hip and has a very organic feel, its the closest thing to a paper magazine. I love the hand written comments.

However at the moment Rue Magazine – they are Chicago based – is my online favourite. It has great interior shots, good fashion and great styling advice. Their online gallery has some amazing inspirational photographs – a great place to start if you are considering redecorating or renovating.


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